Thursday, 26 November 2009

Donato tax wins

Today's Globe and Mail says Andy Donato's charitable ways took him to court on tax charges involving big bucks, but the award-winning editorial cartoonist and Toronto Sun Oner has won his battles.

Paul Waldie's lead reads:

Andy Donato has been skewering politicians, bureaucrats and public figures for nearly 40 years in his editorial cartoons in the Sun newspaper chain. But for the past seven years, Mr. Donato has been waging a personal battle with the government, and federal tax officials in particular.

Waldie's lengthy story details the tax turmoil Andy has been experiencing for seven years and describes his determination to fend off the federal Canada Revenue tax hounds.

In a nutshell, the Globe story says the court cases involved tax credits and capital gains after Donato generously donated 710 cartoons to universities in 1999 and 2001, valued at close to $500,000. He fought both tax battles all the way and won.

Congrats, Andy.

The last paragraph of the story should delight fans of Donato and the Bird:

His contract with the Sun expires next year but he hopes to renew it and keep going. For how long? "As long as I can," he said. "There's so much going on."

You said it.

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